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[IP] Derek-other stupid things the med professionals do
I too have had D many years. A few of the stupidest things that have
happened to me are:
1. I have an enlarged thyroid but all my annual thyroid blood tests stay in
the normal ranges. Well once I was in the Diabetes registry at Washington
University in St. Louis at Barnes Hospital (use to be a three day hospital
stay for NIH research purposes) and I was eating my supper. One particular
intern came in and wanted to feel my throat. He then says, "Do you always
have trouble swallowing?" To which I replied, "Only when someone has their
hands around my throat while I am trying to swallow potatoes." I thought at
the time I was quite funny, but he DIDN' T think so!!
2. Another time during the same hospital stay my blood sugar was somewhere
in the 40's and a whole troop of the interns (there probably were at least 4
of them) came in my room and Dr. Wonderful I mentioned in #1 above started
having a big conversation with me about my low blood sugars. (At the time my
husband and I were actively trying to conceive our first child and my normal
doctor wanted an A1c that was much lower than the interns were trained to
handle.) I asked him if I was to remember this conversation or was he just
in the habit of talking to someone whose blood sugar was so low I was not
comprehending much of anything. Well, he got pissed again and I then
politely asked him if he could get some orange juice so I could treat the low
blood sugar and if he could come back in ten minutes.
3. One other time I was in the hospital and had my girlfriend sneak a chile
dog up to me for an HS snack. I was caught and the nurses started the same
old song and dance about "You shouldn't be doing this, you have diabetes."
This was pre DCCT days and pre carb counting days. I then told her I didn't
plan on eating the dry roast beef sandwich they had sent from the kitchen. I
said "two breads, two breads. Two meats, two meats" as I compared the
sandwich to the hot dog. I also asked them how dumb did they think I was
since I had only had diabetes for 12 years already.
Needless to say I lived though all of these (plus more) run in's with the
well meaning but not very bright comments made by the medical professionals.
I will celebrate 33 years of diagnosis in December. We also have two very
bright (yes they do challenge my intelligence) young sons.
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